FCC is in-home child care provided by an adult family member occupying government quarters. FCC is dedicated to quality child care while providing impeccable customer service. FCC continuously strives to meet the changing needs of the Fort Bliss community. The priority of FCC is to ensure a safe and healthy environment for children participating in the program. FCC hopes to enhance the quality of life for all community members by offering developmental care through initial provider certification and consistent, on-going, in-service training in all areas of child development.
FCC Providers are adults over the age of 18 who have expressed the desire to care for children and are certified by Fort Bliss Child Development Services through the Family Child Care Office. The training required to be a provider takes one week to complete and consists of classes in Army Regulation 608-10, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), Child Growth and Development, Child Guidance, Safety, Fire Prevention, Food Safety, Menu Planning, Daily Activities, Administering Medication, Childhood Diseases, Contracts, Business Practices, Child Abuse Prevention, Working with Parents, Observing at the CDC, Observing at an FCC Home, Infant Care, Learning Centers, First Aid and CPR.
The FCC office is responsible for ensuring that all FCC providers meet all requirements outlined in Army Regulation 608-10 and Fort Bliss SOP's. The staff provides training classes, workshops, and provider newsletters.
The FCC team consists of an FCC Director, Training and Curriculum Specialist (TACS), USDA Representative, FCC Program Associate and an Administrative Assistant. Monthly visits to each FCC home ensure required program standards are attained and maintained.
A developmental home environment allows the individual child to develop at his/her own rate and provides experiences and opportunities to explore, manipulate and discover, thereby developing those skills needed for independent learning. Providers are also trained on special needs and can accommodate most situations quite well.
Some benefits of FCC include: lower adult child ratio- 1:6, siblings are able to remain together, one on one care, extended/overnight hours and lower fees than facility based care. FCC rates are 10% lower than our counterparts on post.
For FCC, parents must first register each child through Parent Central (PC) located at 1743 Victory Avenue. The PC staff will assign each parent a password to view every provider via www.armyfcc.com. Parents may choose a provider and schedule a family interview. If unable to access Army FCC online, please feel free to contact our office directly to receive a referral for care.
Providers may qualify for a Child Development Association Credential (CDA) or National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation after special training and demonstration of competency, paid via Army.
Potential providers may attend an Informational Briefing which is held every Thursday at 11am at Building 3503 Story Road. No reservations are required and children are welcome.
Please contact FCC for more information.
Become an ACS instructor! Army Community Service offers instructor training courses, briefer training courses and facilitator training courses throughout the year.
These courses are mandatory for all ACS staff and any volunteers who will be teaching or briefing. For example, every Army Family Team Building volunteer is mandated to take instructor training and briefer training before they can teach AFTB classes.
Training is open to all ACS employees and volunteers, and to anyone who would like to gain skills in teaching and briefing.
Instructor training courses are offered as a two-day class from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Upcoming courses include April 16-17 and June30-July1.
Briefer training courses are offered as a one-day class from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Upcoming courses include May 7 and August 6.
Facilitator training courses are offered as a two-day session, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. The next facilitator training course is set for October 7-8.
All classes are held at the Family Resilience Center, Bldg. 250 Club Road on Fort Bliss. Pre-registration is required. Register online at blissmwr.com/mtc. For more information, call (915) 569-5500.